Prince v. Prince Fan Sites

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Correspondence

Date: 

11/06/2007

Status: 

Pending

Location: 

California, China, Netherlands

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Lawyers for the musician formerly known, and now currently known, as Prince have sent cease-and-desist letters and at least one DMCA takedown notice to the three largest Prince fansites, Prince.org, Princefams.com, and Housequake.com, demanding that... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Princefans.com, Prince.org, and Housequake.com

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Organization

Location of Party: 

  • Minnesota

Location of Party: 

  • California
  • China
  • Netherlands
Description

Lawyers for the musician formerly known, and now currently known, as Prince have sent cease-and-desist letters and at least one DMCA takedown notice to the three largest Prince fansites, Prince.org, Princefams.com, and Housequake.com, demanding that they remove all photographs, images, lyrics, album covers, and anything linked to Prince's likeness.

The fan sites were also requested to provide Prince's lawyers with "substantive details of the means by which you propose to compensate our clients [Paisley Park Enterprises, NPG Records and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)] for damages."

The fansites formed a coalition, Prince Fans United (PFU), which has issued a press release saying that the letter campaign goes too far, effectively stifling critical commentary and impinging on freedom of speech. It does not appear that a lawsuit been initiated.

Update:

3/13/2008 - Prince Fans United reported that negotiations between the coalition and Prince were at a standstill for unknown reasons.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Photo
  • Text
  • Graphic

Publication Medium: 

Website

Subject Area: 

  • Copyright
  • DMCA
  • Right of Publicity
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • California
  • China
  • Netherlands

Source of Law: 

  • United States
CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

Status updated on 6/6/2008 (AAB)